Arthur Carlton Ernstene

Arthur Carlton Ernstene (1901-1971) was an American cardiologist.

Ernstene was a pioneer and leader in cardiology, taking on numerous leadership positions such as: Head of Department of Cardiorespiratory Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic (1932-65), President of the American Heart Association (1959-60), and President of the American College of Physicians (1965-66).

Ernstene authored over 100 publications of original research on internal medicine, including the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, electrocardiograph, and coronary artery disease.

He is eponymous with the Blumgart-Ernstene murmur (1933) which provides a technique to differentiate between aortic regurgitation and peripheral vasodilation in a Duroziez-like murmur.


  • Born 4 August 1901 in Parker, South Dakota
  • 1922 – Bachelor of Arts, State University of Iowa
  • 1925 – Doctor of Medicine, State University of Iowa College of Medicine
  • 1925-26 – Intern at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit
  • 1926-28 – Assistant resident then resident physician at Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, Boston City Hospital. Worked under Dr S. Levine, where he studied electrocardiograph technique, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  • 1927-32 – Harvard Medical School: Assistant in Medicine (1927-30); Instructor in Medicine (1930-31); Faculty Instructor in Medicine (1931-32)
  • 1929-32 – Research associate and assistant to Dr H. Blumgart, Beth Israel Hospital
  • 1932-65 – Head of Department of Cardiorespiratory Disease, Cleveland Clinic
  • 1942-44 – Lieutenant commander Medical Corps
  • 1956 – Diplomate American Board Internal Medicine
  • 1959-60 – President of the American Heart Association
  • 1964 – Gold Heart Award, American Heart Association
  • 1965-66 – President of the American College of Physicians
  • Died 12 March 1971, Cleveland, Ohio

Medical Eponyms

Blumgart-Ernstene murmur (1933)

Techniques to differentiate aortic insufficiency from peripheral vasodilation when a Duroziez-like murmur is auscultated in the upper or lower limbs

Major Publications


eponymictionary CTA


the person behind the name

Doctor in Australia. Keen interest in internal medicine, medical education, and medical history.

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